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Institutional | MUNLAKE CONTRACTORS INC. Recession-Resistant A MUNLAKE CONTRACTORS INC. KNOWS HOW TO SURVIVE DURING A DOWNTURN. BY BRIAN SALGADO s the economy continues to slog through a recession, companies with sound business practices have managed to weather the storm while waiting for things to take a turn for the better. With more than 40 years in the construction industry, Munlake Contractors Inc. knows what it takes to survive to see the economy return to normal. “We’ve gone through recessions before and we know what to expect and what to anticipate,” CEO and President Allen Mundy says. “It’s companies that haven’t been through this before that are going to struggle.” In fact, Munlake Contractors has seen just about everything since its founding in 1967. John Mundy, Allen’s father, founded Munlake that year focusing on tenant finish projects. In the mid to late 1970’s, Munlake began working on federal government projects issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. By the early 1980s, the company shifted focus to program management and rollout work for repeat national clients. In 2005, Mundy bought his father’s half of the company and immediately pursued military housing, student housing and other large multifamily projects. While Munlake maintains a bevy of national repeat clients, the recession has slowed down the flow of that work. The government work will prove essential for Munlake’s survival. Mundy took time to speak with Construction Today about his company’s latest return to public sector work, relying on solid subcontractors and his vision of the future of Munlake Contractors in light of the economy. »Munlake Contractors has more than 40 years of experience behind it. Construction Today: What are the most recent developments within Munlake Contractors Inc.? Allen Mundy: With the retail and finance market for private sectors slowing down, we’ve found our company in the same position as many other companies because there is not very much private work taking place. We’re in the process of transitioning into more federal government work, which is definitely a change for us in the last 20 years. But currently, this has to be the way it is. CT: After so much time out of this sector, how are you getting back into it? AM: We’re doing that through joint venture alliances with other companies. We have a specialty expertise in managing and estimating projects from long distance, so we’re able to bring something to the table. We’re partnering with these different companies to get into military bases. CT: Have you landed any such projects so far? AM: We’re working on a joint venture for a military housing project in Texas that is a Munlake Contractors Inc. www.munlake.com • Headquarters: Independence, Mo. • Employees: 42 • Services: General contracting “We’ve gone through recessions before and we know what to expect and to anticipate.” –Allen Mundy, CEO and president CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY 2010
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Today - January 2010
Construction Today - January 2010
Metrus Construction Limited: Le Parc Tower II
CJ Pink Ltd.
Costello Dismantling Co. Inc.
Allied Building Products Corp.
IDEURBAN: The St. Regis Mexico City
Jersen Construction Group
Killian Construction Co.: The Westin Hotel
Legacy Partners Residential: Riverpark
Strathcona Mechanical Ltd.
Tilton Pacific Construction Inc.
On the Cover
Product Showcase: Software and New Technology
Nicholson Construction Co.
Gilchrist Construction Co.
Turner Construction Co.: MIC Rental Car Center
Union Concrete Construction: Outer Harbor Parkway Project
D’Onofrio General Contractors Corp.
Worldwide Rental Services
AmQuip Crane Corp.
EIC Associates Inc.
Intercounty Paving Associates LLC: N.Y. Route 112
Matrix Design Group
Nicholson Construction Co.: Canton Dam
Wilson & Company Inc. Engineers and Architects: Rail Division
Group Lepine Ltd.
Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.
Aspen Ridge Homes: Vu Living
Walsh Construction: Sherman Replacement Hospital
PortSide Builders Inc.
Summit Builders Construction Co.: Classic Residence at Silverstone
Keystone Construction Corp.: Carmel Arts District Lofts
HDR Architecture Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Dimeo Construction Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
CANA Construction: TELUS World of Science
Cornerstone General Contractors Inc.
Harvey-Cleary Builders: City of Austin Public Safety Training Facility
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: Granada Hills High School
Pirtle Construction Co.: City of Miami College
Sundt: East Contra Costa
Taylor & Parrish Inc.: Carole Weinstein International Center
Turner Construction Co.: Nationwide Children's Hospital
Turner Construction Co.: Duval Unified County Courthouse Facility
Weddle Brothers Construction Co. Inc.
AP Construction Inc.: Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
The Boldt Co.: Luther Midelfort Hospital Expansion
Choate Construction: NGCSU Projects
Donley’s LLC: Bavaro Hall at the University of Virginia
EllisDon: Woodstock General Hospital
McCarty Corp.: Maneuver Center of Excellence Headquarters
Munlake Contractors Inc.
Murray Company: Kiowa Country Memorial Hospital
River City Construction LLC
Skyline Roofing Ltd.
SpawGlass: Austin Community College Round Rock Campus
W.E. O’Neil Construction: Downtown Women's Center Project
CANA Construction: SMART Technologies
Ecco III Enterprises Inc.
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co.
ARCO/Murray National Construction Co. Inc.
Baker Electric Inc.
Chester Bross Construction Co.
Titan Wrecking & Environmental LLC
Last Look: Urban Landmarks
Construction Today - January 2010